1. Keep it down
At a gym, chatting it up with a workout pal or a trainer is the norm, but a yoga room should stay quiet. “It is considered a meditation space,” says Alison Boons, a yoga instructor and trainer with Yogacara Studios in Vancouver and Whistler. When you walk into the room, even if class doesn’t start for another few minutes, you should move quietly and talk as little as possible. “I’m so surprised when people start having a whispered conversation. Do they think I can’t hear them?” says Michaela Cornell, a longtime yoga practitioner in Toronto. In studios with multiple yoga rooms, you may need to talk quietly before and after class as well, to ensure you don’t disturb other classes in progress.